Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR (Fujfilm) - Review / Test
Lens Reviews - Fujifilm X

Review by Klaus Schroiff, published August 2016


Over the recent months I received a couple of requests to review the Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR. Honestly I was a little reluctant to put it on the priority list simply because there's the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R - a lens that is just marginally more expensive but obviously one stop faster. However, then I checked the (fairly high) sales rank over at Amazon ... and I thought ... well, who am I to argue ...
In terms of sheer paper specs, the lens doesn't seem to be overly exciting. On Fujifilm cameras it behaves like a standard lens and it's not even an overly fast one. However, there is something special about it - its size. While not being a pancake lens it is darn small and it combines nicely with other small Fujinon lenses such as the XF 18mm f/2, XF 27mm f/2.8 and there's a XF 23mm f/2 coming later this year. Obviously Fujifilm is now also targeting street photography where it helps having unobtrusive lenses in order to keep a low profile.

Price-wise the Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR sells for around 400US$/EUR which is quite affordable for a f/2 lens albeit more expensive than a comparable standard lens on a full format DSLR.

The good thing is that the comparatively high price does also show up in its build quality. The tightly assembled metal body is based on a metal mount. The very broad focus ring operates very smoothly. The lens has a dedicated aperture ring with very distinctive 1/3EV steps. A tiny barrel-shaped hood is part of the package. The lens features a weather- and dust-resistant structure with eight seals and can also work in temperatures as low as -10°C.

The (inner) AF operates fast and essentially noiselessly. As usual for Fujinons, manual focusing works "by wire" thus by triggering the AF motor.

Equiv. focal length"53mm" (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperture"f/3.1" (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction9 elements 6 groups (incl. 2x aspherical elements)
Number of aperture blades9 (circular)
min. focus distance0.35m (1:7.5)
Filter size43mm
Hoodsupplied, barrel-shaped, bayonet mount
Other featuresweather-sealing

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